Tips for the weekend: OKTOBERFEST TIME, Festivities Time!
September • 20th, 2019
Munich this weekend with colourful festivities, parades and good vibes.
Munich is expecting more than 6 million visitors and the first keg will be tapped on 21 st. The Bavarian beer festival, the largest in the world, is held on Munich’s Theresienwiese.
What is planned this weekend?
Saturday 21st at 10.45 at Josephspitalstraße
A traditional start to the Oktoberfest 2019: The parade of the Wiesn landlords and breweries 2019
Landlords & Breweries Parade is led from the edge of Old Town Munich to the Oktoberfest grounds by the Münchner Kindl mascot which is the symbol of Munich. The parade starts on Josephspitalstraße, continues on the road onto Sonnenstraße and turns left onto Schwanthaler Straße. The parade can be seen from the roadside. Punctually at 12 noon, the mayor of Munich opens the Oktoberfest with the traditional call “O’zapft is”- which means “It is tapped” - at the Schottenhamel Tent. Don’t worry if you hear guns, a 12-gun salute follows the tapping to let everyone know that the festivities have begun. After that you can have your first Mass (one liter Mug)! The average price you can expect to pay for a one-liter mug of beer at Oktoberfest is 11.24 euros.
Our Tip: If you and your friends want to get a table and haven’t booked in advance, make sure to get up quite early, get yourself a coffee and line up in front of the tents - usually people from Munich get up at 6 in the morning to safe theirselves a good spot! Tents finally open at 9 o’clock - sounds pretty tough but it’s definitely worth the wait!
The traditional Munich parade of the Wiesn landlords and breweries
Sunday 22nd at 10 am starts at the Max II monument on Maximilianstraße
The traditional costume and hunters’ parade:
This celebration takes place every year since 1950, always on the first Sunday of the Wiesn. Around 9,000 participants join the festive throng in Munich and parade festively through the city in 60 groups. This year, hunting clubs, historic costume groups, bands and flag wavers will parade through Munich city center to the Theresienwiese. Participants from all over Europe come by - and each group wears historical and beautiful costumes.
Our Tip: Since the weather will be quite good this weekend and if you’re not as much of an early bird, chances to get a nice spot in the outside beer gardens of the 16 Oktoberfest tents are pretty high even when you come a bit late.
And for the ones who want to experience a really authentic and traditional place at the Wiesn: On the southern part of the Theresienwiese, right next to the Riesenrad, there is a very special piece of Oktoberfest: the Oide Wiesn. If you take a seat in one of the historic rides and then experience real Bavarian customs in the cozy beer tent, you will get an idea of what the Oktoberfest once was like.